Anna Nicole Smith'slawyer and companion, Howard K. Stern(L), filed a $60 million libel lawsuit Tuesday against Rita Cosbyand her publisher over a book she wrote - "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death" that claims Stern and Smith's ex-boyfriend, Larry Birkhead(R), had a sexual encounter. The suit, filed in federal court in New York, seeks $10 million in compensatory damages and $50 million in punitive damages from the former MSNBC host.
The book, which hit stores in September, claims that besides the alleged sexual encounter, Birkhead and Stern both worked together after Smith's death to manipulate the media and maximize profits.
Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in Florida in February at age 39. Stern initially claimed to have fathered Smith's young daughter, Dannielynn, but Birkhead eventually showed he was the father. The baby could inherit millions from the estate of Smith's late husband, Texas oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II.
Stern's lawsuit says that the book falsely accuses Stern of, among other things, criminal lewd acts, homosexual acts, illegal possession and use of cocaine, conspiring to commit murder and kidnapping for ransom.
"Defendants have exploited Ms. Smith's life and death by publishing false and defamatory factual accusations against" Stern, according to the 65-page lawsuit filed by Atlanta lawyer Lin Wood. [Quoted from FoxNews]